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Black Sambo Recipe

Black Sambo is a delicious dessert that is SUPER easy to make. I learned it from my Sister-in-Law back in Maryland. She loves to bake and make desserts like me. But you know what’s the real truth? Even if I like to bake or make desserts/sweets myself, I’m not a dessert person at all. Weird huh? Even as a kid, I did a lot of experimenting on baking but I seldom eat or finish what I make. I would only taste it and that’s it. But this, I can eat anytime. So try out this Black Sambo recipe and let me know what you think!

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I normally skip on dessert. I only eat dessert if I want to taste what I made (just to make sure I did it right or if I still need to improve on it) or taste something that makes me curious. But other than that, I’m really not into desserts… with the exception of fruits and Filipino delicacies like rice cake, mocha chiffon, Brazo de Mercedes, and Mamon or sponge cake (at least these are some that comes to mind at the moment). I only like desserts that aren’t too sweet for my taste.

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My specialty is actually Leche Flan (a.k.a. Dulce de Leche or Flan). But you know what? Even if I have perfected making it, love to make it and find it delicious, I seldom eat it – only because it can be too sweet for my taste. I’ll just take a bite to ensure it’s right each time and that’s it for me. Hubby ends up eating the whole thing so I rarely make it if it’s just for the two of us. He really loves it though and doesn’t mind. But I don’t want him to eat that much eggs. icon smile Black Sambo Recipe That’s why I usually make desserts only when there’s an occasion, a gathering or lunch/dinner at friends’ houses. Anyway, I digress. Let’s get back to business because I’m sure you’d like to get the recipe for this delish dessert – Black Sambo. Since a lot of my friends and readers have asked about it, here is the Black Sambo Recipe.

Black Sambo Recipe: INGREDIENTS

  1. 4 envelopes of Knox Gelatin
  2. 1 can condensed milk (the usual size – roughly 301 ml can)
  3. 1 cup cold water
  4. 250 ml All Purpose Cream OR Heavy Whipping Cream (small size, not whipped)
  5. 1/2 cup Hershey’s cocoa powder
  6. 3/4 cup sugar
  7. 1 can evaporated milk (usual size – roughly 378 ml)
  8. Hershey’s chocolate syrup (for garnishing)
  9. You’ll also need a gelatin mold or a non stick cake pan
  10. A double boiler or pot (like a soup pot)

Black Sambo Recipe: PROCEDURE

First layer/White layer:

  1. In a pot or double boiler, dissolve 2 envelopes of Knox gelatin in 1/2 cup cold H2O.
  2. Cook over low to medium flame until powder dissolves.
  3. Add 1 can condensed milk and continue to cook over low flame while stirring constantly.
  4. Stir for about 5-10 minutes to make sure the gelatin is completely dissolved in your liquid.
  5. Remove from heat and let cool for about 5 minutes while stirring continuously.
  6. Add 250 ml all purpose cream or heavy whipping cream and continue to mix.
  7. Pour into a cake pan or gelatin mold and refrigerate for about 2-4 hours until set (it should be set in about 2 hours).

Second layer/Chocolate layer: (Do this once the first layer has set)

  1. In a pot or double boiler, dissolve 2 envelopes of Knox gelatin in 1/2 cup cold H2O.
  2. Cook over low to medium flame until powder dissolves.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix 1/2 cup Hershey’s cocoa powder and 3/4 cup sugar.
  4. Add the cocoa powder mix to the gelatin (while on low flame) and dissolve. Continue stirring.
  5. Now add in 1 can evaporated milk and continue stirring for about 3 to 5 minutes on low heat.
  6. Pour on top of the white layer and refrigerate for about 2-4 hours or until the chocolate layer is set.
  7. Once set, unmold by running a cake spatula or knife around the molding.
  8. Garnish with Hershey’s chocolate syrup. You can also garnish with grated chocolate.

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That’s it! Hope you try it out and let me know what you think. If you have any questions about the procedure or the ingredients in this Black Sambo Recipe, please leave me a message below. If you’re interested what that strawberry topped dessert is, it’s my No Bake Cheesecake and recipe can be found here.


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